John C. Balcerak, a retired aeronautical engineer and research scientist, died Saturday (Oct. 20, 2001) in his home in Lafayette, Colo. He was 73.
Born in Lackawanna, he graduated from Canisius College in 1952 and earned a master of science degree from the University at Buffalo in 1964.
Starting at Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory in 1952, Balcerak moved on to become a research scientist at Rochester Applied Science Associates and the University of Rochester. In 1978, he became a wind-energy researcher in Colorado with the Scientific Atmosphere Research Institute.
After retiring in 1991, he enrolled in the Catholic Biblical School of the Archdiocese of Denver, receiving his biblical degree in 1996. He volunteered at a nursing home in Boulder, Colo., assisting with Sunday services.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, the former Helen Harezga; two sons, John of Kent, Wash., and Daniel of Fort Collins, Colo.; three daughters, Joanne Lofthouse and Mary Jane Pokora, both of Rochester, and Janet Hamilton of Burke, Va.; two brothers, Roman of Hamburg and Brownie of Cheektowaga; and 14 grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church, Rochester. Burial will be in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Rochester.